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In Genesis Chapters 37 through 50, we see the making of a Man...a man of influence...a man of significance. Joseph was a Man placed in one of the most powerful positions in  all of Egypt. God raised him up into a position of prominence in a foreign culture, hostile to his faith.

God has placed a similar calling on each one of us...Joseph finished his life well...ultimately using his gifts, talents, abilities and acquired experiences for the sake of saving his loved ones...God has gifted us with an opportunity to do the same...

But, much like Joseph, our character will be forged by adversity...adversity will either make us bitter or better, depending on our perspective...Quality of life is dependent upon attitude...The scriptures tell us that godliness with contentment is great gain...the secret to happiness is not getting what we want, but wanting what we already have...

What a great epiphany it is for each of us, when the light bulb goes on and we realize that we are in no way lacking and that God himself is forming our character for a significant role in which we impact people's lives for eternity.

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19
Guess You Had to be There
February 19, 2014

I’m going to take you back to one of my “bone-headed moments.” You’ll have to picture this little scenario in your head in order to see the humor in it. I still get a little bit of a chuckle when I think about it.

Years back, a couple buddies and I were on our way to do something; I can’t even remember what it was. Well the two of them were seated in the front seats of the car and I was seated in the back. I don’t know if you have ever noticed this, but when you’re sitting alone in the back seat, you feel a bit left out of the conversation going on in the front seat. Probably because the people in the front have their backs turned to you. Anyway, my buddies were having a pretty spirited conversation and I wanted to get in on it. Something that one of them said, struck a chord with me and I wanted to be heard. So I said very loudly, “Hey, turn the radio down, I’ve got something to tell you!” They both turned around and gave me an expression that basically said, “Duh!” Why? Because, the radio wasn’t on.

Okay, maybe it’s not all that funny. It’s probably one of those, “guess you had to be there” stories. But stay with me; we are going to get some value out of this little anecdote. See, I was pretty darn excited about telling my buddies something, and it was very important to me that they hear me. I didn’t want anything to distract them from hearing what I considered to be so important. Now, I can’t even remember what I told them. So truthfully, it probably wasn’t important; but there are things that God is trying to tell us that are.

God is continually trying to communicate to us; trying to tell us important things amid all the distractions. We live in an age where we have so much noise clogging up the communication lines in our brains. Some of those clogged lines are lines that God is trying to communicate to us through. Sometimes he is yelling at us, saying, “Hey, turn the radio (or anything else distracting us) down, I have something important to tell you.” Sometimes we do not receive illumination and personal application from Bible passages because our minds are just too busy processing other information.

I once saw a story about a man who records nature sounds. In 1963 this man had to do 15 hours of recording to get one hour of undisturbed(unwanted background noise) nature sounds. 40 years later, it took 1000 hours of recording to get one hour of undisturbed nature sounds. Conclusion? We live in a world that is getting progressively noisier, and I am convinced that there has got to be a connection between that and the current epidemic of stress and depression we see around us.

We need to give our brains a break. We need to begin practicing the lost art of silence and solitude, and then perhaps, God’s Word will become illuminated to many of us once again. Remember, the scriptures say-

 Proverbs 4:20-22

20 My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. 21 Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; 22 for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.

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